Pork lemongrass skewers with Vietnamese herb salad

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Written by Masterchef finalist Callum Hann, and accredited dietitian Themis Chryssidis

From Sprout Cooking School & Health Studio

Posted: Mar 09 2022

Asian salads are full of colour, flavour and texture! Try this scrumptious recipe from our friends at Sprout.

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • 500g pork mince
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • Thumb-sized piece of ginger, finely grated
  • ½ bunch of coriander, stems finely chopped and leaves picked
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce, plus 1 tablespoon extra
  • 4 lemongrass stalks, each cut into thirds
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 long red chilli, thinly sliced
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber, halved lengthways and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ bunch of Vietnamese mint, leaves picked
  • ½ head of butter lettuce, leaves separated
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons roasted peanuts, roughly chopped


  1. Place pork, garlic, ginger, coriander stems, white pepper and one tablespoon fish sauce in a large bowl. Mix well with clean hands. Divide mixture into twelve portions and shape around the lemongrass skewers to form sausage shapes. Place on a tray, cover and chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, mix lemon juice, brown sugar, chilli and remaining one tablespoon fish sauce in a small bowl until sugar dissolves. Combine cucumber, bean sprouts, spring onion, mint and coriander leaves in a large bowl. Pour over dressing and toss to coat.
  3. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add skewers and cook, turning regularly, for 6-8 minutes or until cooked through and golden brown all over.
  4. Divide skewers and lettuce leaves between serving bowls. Fill with herb salad and garnish with peanuts.

Cooking Tip: Vietnamese mint has a more peppery than minty flavour. If it’s not your thing, mint, basil or Thai basil will work equally well.

Nutrition Tip: Asian salads are full of colour, flavour and texture! They are a great example of how vegetables should be treated to make us want to go back for more.

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Posted: Mar 09 2022


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